Letters to the Editor: March 20

I’m sad there’s hardly any mention in the media of Dr. Li Wenliang, who was the first to try to warn the world of the novel coronavirus.

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Deserves a Nobel prize

I’m sad there’s hardly any mention in the media of Dr. Li Wenliang, who was the first to try to warn the world of the novel coronavirus.

If it weren’t for him, the effect could have been even worse.

I recommend him posthumously for a Nobel prize; he deserves it.

Aviva King


Health comes first

Premier Doug Ford is warning of “dire consequences” to business and commerce if we control U.S. border crossings.

Perhaps Ford would care to contemplate the “dire consequences” of one of his family dying of COVID-19.

Priority one here is saving human life. It’s a disaster for Ontario that our premier puts business ahead of health in the middle of a global catastrophe.

Robert Kent


It’s not like the flu

I’m astounded someone would assume that because it’s flu season, COVID-19 is like the flu. Have you not been watching the news, checking reliable sources online?

Look at Italy. They are admitting if they had dealt with this earlier, they would not have the high number of deaths.

What Canada is doing is preventing the virus from spreading exponentially, which is happening to many countries in Europe. Countries all over the world are doing everything they can to slow the spread this deadly disease. Wake up.

Vera Rowland


Lesson to learn

Years of downsizing in Ontario health care, dramatically hastened by the government of Doug Ford, have put our health-care system under extreme pressure even before the COVID-19 crisis. And now?

Last weekend, I met an experienced health-care worker who in January was let go in one of Ford’s rounds of health-care cuts. Now, she reports desperate calls for her to return to work.

Austerity-featuring governments, like the Ford regime, cut taxes (mostly favouring the already well-off) and favour supports for the corporate sector. Health-care downsizing was deemed necessary because of the resulting reduction in government revenue.

Taxes are good when they are wisely managed to support effective social programs and strong communities, as is the norm in many countries. Our lesson should be to emulate them in making sure our social programs are healthy and robust.

This would, in good times, make Canada a stronger and fairer country. In times of crisis, it would prove to be the wisest investment we could make.

Joe Wilson


Listen to health-care professionals, ignore fear-mongers

With international borders being closed and social-isolation protocols, this is no time for fear.

While there are many armchair experts spouting remedies and selling magic potions, the best advice comes from medical professionals and nonpartisan directions from our government.

Christine Morgan


Factories risky

Regarding the article Move up expected spring layoff to fight virus, Cami union urges (March 17) about the GM Cami assembly plant located in Ingersoll.The provincial and federal governments are doing all they can to stop the spread of the pandemic. However, the government is blind to a virological bomb that is brewing.

The government has not stopped factories from having employees work closely with others.

In order to be classified as an individual who should self-isolate and not report to work, one must be exhibiting mild symptoms of the virus. However, during the first two to five days, there are minimal symptoms even though the individual is contagious.

It takes one individual, who doesn’t even know they are sick, to spread the virus to anywhere between 50 to 100 other employees in a factory setting.

I’m truly concerned with the devastating effects this issue could have.

Please address this before it is too late.

Brendan DeClark